Why You Should Celebrate Fresh Spinach Day


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Why You Should Celebrate Fresh Spinach Day

  1. 1. Fresh Spinach Day July 16, 2014
  2. 2. What’s so great about Spinach? • A lot, actually. Spinach is packed with the following: • Glycoglycerolipids • Vitamin K • Vitamin A • Manganese • Folate • Iron • And on and on. Read more to see what these do for your body.
  3. 3. Glycoglycerolipids • Help protect the lining of the digestive tract from damage, especially due to unwanted inflammation • Preliminary research suggests that glycoglycerolipids may slow or even block the proliferation of cancer cells and solid tumors
  4. 4. Vitamin K • Vitamin K plays a vital role in blood clotting, preventing bleeding • It supports bone health, preventing fractures and breaks • Has been shown to improve insulin resistance for older men • Studies indicate it may be as important nutrient for protecting cells that line blood vessels • 1 cup of spinach contains 987.2% of the recommended daily value (DV) for vitamin K (Yes, that number is correct)
  5. 5. Vitamin A (Under the Caroteniods group) • Function as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory • Stimulate cell to cell communication, may help to prevent overgrowth of cells, aiding to cancer prevention • Participate in female reproduction, the corpus luteum contains very high levels of beta-carotene • Helps to support vision health thanks for high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin • 1 cup of spinach contains 105% DV for vitamin A
  6. 6. Manganese • Co-factor in the enzyme that is a potent antioxidant associated with protection against UV damage • Aids in blood sugar control by aiding enzymes in the process of converting non-carbohydrates foods into sugars to burn as energy (gluconeogenesis) • 1 cup of spinach contains 84% DV
  7. 7. Folate • Supports red blood cell production to help prevent anemia • Help prevent osteoporosis-related bone fractures • Enables nerves to function properly • Reduces the risk of infants being born with neural tube defects • 1 cup contains 66% of DV
  8. 8. Iron • Enhances oxygen transport, the hemoglobin protein that transport oxygen to the body’s cells is rich in iron • Supports proper metabolism for muscles and other active organs, helping to give us energy • The most widespread nutritional deficiency in the world is iron, so eat some! • 1 cup of spinach contains 36% of DV
  9. 9. Verdict: Super Food • Spinach supports a very healthy lifestyle. Low in calories, high in just about everything good for you. • Eating a salad with 2 cups of spinach each day will deliver a whole host of anti-inflammatories, vitamins, and nutrients. • Pop-eye had it right all along!
  10. 10. Nutritional Information found at The World’s Healthiest Foods